This activity is done in two stages, the first as review, the second to add a fun quiz element. Students ask for direction to certain rooms within the school. In the second stage, they see if they can mentally follow the directions to the correct room.

Basic Info

Time: 15+ mins
Level: Junior high grade 1
Works with: Where is my key?
Class size: Small to large

You will need:

  • nothing

Description

Part I

  1. Students make pairs. (They'll probably be sitting in pairs already. Convenient!)
  2. The first student asks where a room is.
    "Where is the science room?"
  3. The second student offers directions. (See tips!)
  4. Finally, the first student evaluates the second student.
    (Thumbs up) "Good job!" (Tilting hand in so-so gesture) "Okay...".

Part II

In part 2, the question and answer are reversed, removing realism but adding a fun (Jeopardy style) quiz element to the game and retaining mechanical practice value.

  1. The first student gives directions to a room.
  2. The second student guesses which room by asking:
    "Where is the grade 2 class 4 room?"
  3. The first student tells the second whether they were correct or not. "That's right." "No, sorry."

Tips

  • Starting point: start directly outside the classroom. First move, turn left or right.
  • Additional language: In elementary, students were given perfect city blocks to navigate, with "Go straight." meaning advance one space. Giving directions in real life doesn't work that way so they'll need some additional language:
    • First, explain "Go straight." means just start walking. The next action happens when you see something.
      "At the stairs" is the first extra phrase we'll use. E.g. "At the stairs, turn right."
    • On the stairs, go straight:
      "Go up." or "Go down."
    • Sometimes we need to act after we see something, especially at the destination.
      "After the principal's room, turn right. Here!"
  • Demonstrate! Try part 1 with the class giving the answer. Add in new language as they need it. Demo with the HRT. Then let the students do it. Demo part 2 too! Then let the students do it. Demos beat explanations every time.

Warnings

  • There's a lot going on here so make sure the HRT understands what you're going to do before the class. That way, they'll be able to support you when you need it.

Comments

This activity reviews and builds on language the students should already have learnt in elementary school, and depending on the lesson, extends how a "Where" question might be answered. Instead of position (on, in, under, etc), this activity focuses on location with the answer dealing with directions.

This activity can be used with Sunshine 1 Program 5 Section 2.

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